For this “Chicago Summer Series,” we will be diving into the dynamic South Loop. Due to its recent residential and commercial development boom, the South Loop has made a name for itself among the assorted Chicago neighborhoods. While it’s known for being home to tourist favorites like Museum Campus and Soldier Field, the South Loop has many other must-sees for families.
Kids Science Labs
In this new age of technology, STEM exploration is more important than ever. Offering camps, classes, and special events, Kids Science Labs nurtures and inspires STEM-curious kids ages 4-14. This hands-on program allows students to experiment and make discoveries while also building creativity and problem-solving skills under the leadership of passionate instructors.
Activity: Register your student for a free class and try some fun, hands-on science experiments.
(Kids Science Labs)
Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens
Honoring the contributions that prominent Chicago women have made to the city, this park offers a wholesome community space among the busy urban landscape. It houses many events throughout the year, including speciality camps, activities for early childhood learners, movies in the park, yoga, concerts, and family fitness activities.
Activity: 2019 Star Gazing Party on Friday, August 23rd from 7:30pm - 10:30pm. Families can enjoy a night under the stars complete with s'mores and giant telescopes provided by Chicago Astronomer. Bring a blanket and your own telescope or binoculars if you have them, and get ready to explore the cosmos!
(The Garden Conservancy)
Glessner House Museum
Designed by famed American architect, Henry Hobson Richardson, the Glessner House Museum has served as one of the most notable architectural landmarks in American history. It was completed in 1887 and inspired the work of other famous architects such as Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, and Frank Lloyd Wright.
Activity: Take note from the museum’s curated tour for young people and ask your student how they think each room would have been used in the 19th century. When you get home, have your student sketch or rebuild the Glessner House or their dream home out of recycled materials.
Harold Washington Library
With a newly-remodeled children's space, the Harold Washington Library offers customized learning experiences for students, educational materials, and events. As the largest public library in the world, it offers many resources and facilities open to the public, such as events featuring notable authors, music practice rooms, and access to over 1.2 million library materials.
Activity: Check out all of the fun events at the library! There is something for everyone to enjoy. Families can also check out passes to local museums at any Chicago Public Library.
While most Chicagoans are familiar with the ever-popular Museum Campus, don’t forget about these noteworthy locations in South Loop. The educational opportunities within this iconic neighborhood are endless, but these public attractions will be sure to provide a day full of family fun. Head a little further south in the city and check out these notable, historic attractions in Hyde Park.